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  • The Ghost King

  • Forgotten Realms: Transitions, Book 3
  • By: R. A. Salvatore
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,438
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,233
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,235

When the Spellplague ravages Faerûn, Drizzt and his companions are caught in the chaos. Seeking out the help of the priest Cadderly - the hero of the recently reissued series The Cleric Quintet - Drizzt finds himself facing his most powerful and elusive foe, the twisted Crenshinibon, the demonic crystal shard he believed had been destroyed years ago.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Horrible narator ruined an awesome trilogy

  • By Tgh on 10-13-15

Over20 years of following this series and now done

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-10-18

After following these books for more than 20 years I give up and returned the next one. Killed off 3 main characters with no real reason and the next books jumps 100 or so years in the future. I guess after Salvatore did a Star Wars book he followed that path and completely changed the story, dropping long time characters to try to reinvent things. Had thought to introduce my children to the series but more than likely won't. From changing readers to trying to fit in old characters that don;t seem to fit, I just don't feel the passion the books once had,.

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  • Conflicted Home

  • By: A. American
  • Narrated by: Duke Fontaine
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,933
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,818
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,808

The only possible thing that could make Morgan's world even more difficult happened. The Japanese fleet off the coast of California was wiped out. An even that Morgan and friends and family only knew about because of the radio broadcasts from the Radio Free Redoubt. So far removed from them it barely warranted notice. That is until the Chinese retaliated by launching a nuclear counter-strike against Mac Dill Air Force base. This, did warrant their attention and had the potential to profoundly impact their lives.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I am used to from this series - Very slow

  • By Siggy on 04-17-18

Needs to move past daily life

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-25-18

What did you like best about Conflicted Home? What did you like least?

I like that the characters are moving forward but very slowly. There seems to be a head count that the author feels he needs to keep up with, meaning people die and are kind of replaced.

What could A. American have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Keep track of past items. For example they mentioned a family photo. Did Jeff's I-Pad stop working or a lap top? What about the Russian's phones? Morgan still has some tech and he could get with the judge that has a working printer. Details like that seem well lazy to me.

Which character – as performed by Duke Fontaine – was your favorite?

Hard to say, Duke does an amazing job with each having their own voice. I often listen while do things around the house and never have I mixed up who is talking.

Do you think Conflicted Home needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

The Russian and Cuban threats need to be more of the story. Hard to keep my interest with what started off as an action series and now is little house after the EMP.

Any additional comments?

Best advice is keep some action in the books. The daily stuff is fine but lately been the focus not the story of how to deal with invading threats.

  • Cry Havoc

  • By: A. American
  • Narrated by: Duke Fontaine
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,354
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,291
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,281

The news is full of disturbing events today. There's war and rumors of war. There's the false recovery of the economy. Faith in the US economy is extremely low. Foreign banks have either slowed their purchases of Treasury Bonds or, in a few cases, begun unloading them. We have a current election that is rife with corruption, extreme partisanship, and outright fraud. It would appear the left in the country is ready to do about anything to see their candidate elected.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great new saga!

  • By Lisa Wilson on 06-08-17

Could happen.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-09-17

Not the Survivalist series but decent. Seems a solid stand alone book but could continue. One thing that bugs me but I can forgive is none of the main characters in any of Chris' books ever go without food. They find a deer, people give away food and so on. Be nice to have people struggle for a few days then trade an extra gun for food, for example. The van is cool though.

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  • Avenging Home

  • The Survivalist Series, Book 7
  • By: A. American
  • Narrated by: Duke Fontaine
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,078
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,856
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,835

In Avenging Home, we see how the long-running battle between Morgan's people and their number one nemesis plays out. While Morgan thinks this is the biggest threat they face, there are things on the horizon he cannot yet see that are going to dwarf these problems. Morgan has lived in a vacuum. He's had little information about the outside world. While he's used radios to listen to what he can, there's been precious little real information.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent series!

  • By Shea LeBlanc on 04-11-17

fair , but still predictable

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-11-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Avenging Home to be better than the print version?

not sure

Would you recommend Avenging Home to your friends? Why or why not?

yes,because it could happen

What about Duke Fontaine’s performance did you like?

everyone has own voice.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

not really

Any additional comments?

need to double check your older books. they got a gator in 3 I think.

  • Enforcing Home

  • The Survivalist Series, Book 6
  • By: A. American
  • Narrated by: Duke Fontaine
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,325
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,089
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,075

Morgan has managed to get through a lot. Having made it back to his family and dealt with the issues of unscrupulous neighbors, he then had to deal with the presence of the federal government and their nefarious activities. But with the help of his close-knit group he prevailed. Life is settling into a familiar routine. And with the help of the US Army, they are starting to rebuild their community. But just when Morgan thinks things are assuming some kind of normal, another surprise lands in his lap.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Untouchable

  • By Kaden on 01-28-16

Like Hanging with Old Freinds

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-24-16

Would you listen to Enforcing Home again? Why?

Plan to. There are always parts I missed.

What did you like best about this story?

More action and more events. Last books was slow and I read mixed reviews on this one. Glad I got it.

What about Duke Fontaine’s performance did you like?

He makes the book. I can listen in the back ground and know who is talking because every has their own voice.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Think the Government is here to help?

Any additional comments?

Pick up the pace Chris, took what 4 months for Duke to get this one out? Great story and it could happen.

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  • Resurrecting Home

  • A Novel
  • By: A. American
  • Narrated by: Duke Fontaine
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,095
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,840
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,835

Against all odds, Morgan Carter and his family have endured despite the deteriorating conditions surrounding them. Armed with survivalist tactics, Morgan's crew, alongside their new friends from the recently-liberated DHS camp, have worked together to build a sustainable community. But not all situations can be prepared for. When a massive wildfire threatens their very existence, they must decide: fight or flight?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This is book 5

  • By Jan on 01-09-15

Lossing Steam

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-11-15

What did you like best about Resurrecting Home? What did you like least?

Progress of the people in the books, they work together. There is homor, pian and action.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

It can keep going on. A lot of things left open.

What does Duke Fontaine bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Duke can't be replaced. You get to know each person by the voice he gives them. If like in another series he gets replaced it could ruin it for me.

Could you see Resurrecting Home being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

There has been talk of it. This book so far seems it could be the shortest.

Any additional comments?

I love the series but this one was sloooow. Needed some more action or maybe the way things left off in the last book, I just expected Radon Neagata and Signer to do more. I will give it another listen and keep up with things but I hope the next books moves on some.

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  • Forsaking Home

  • The Survivalist Series, Book 4
  • By: A. American
  • Narrated by: Duke Fontaine
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,486
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,219
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,217

Morgan Carter has weathered the weeks after the collapse of the nation's power grid, reuniting with his family and ensuring their safety, but his struggle isn't over yet. Carter must focus on survival in an increasingly unstable society - but the challenges he faces are beyond his wildest imagination. Meanwhile, the enclosed quarters of the nearby government-run refugee camp make for an environment where injury, assault and murder are the norm.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Completes the series nicely... with a 3.5 read

  • By Jan on 06-26-14

Post fan reality

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-22-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

A friend for sure since most are preppers. Other maybe to wake them up to what may happen.

If you’ve listened to books by A. American before, how does this one compare?

This one is slower yet more personal. Not as action packed but how life could be post fan. The characters seem real, flawed and emotional.

What about Duke Fontaine’s performance did you like?

Duke is great, although a typo got him with pheasant rifle not peasant, I can forgive that. He does a great given everyone their own voice, manner of speech and soal I guess you can say.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not my style, since they are used for commutes and house work, some times at bed time. Who has 12 hour to listen to a book?

Any additional comments?

I think this is the author's first go at writting but believable.

  • Grid Down Reality Bites: Volume 1 Part 1

  • By: Bruce Hemming, Sara Freeman
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Phillips
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 161

Two young men, Mark and Eric, struggle desperately trying to make it to their retreat in Northern California. Their truck is dead from an EMP. They have to walk 200 miles. Will they make it passed the gangs and the utter confusion of a powerless society? George and his son Junior, are set up in a retreat in Northern Wisconsin. Everything is going along great until disaster strikes. One mistake leaves his 18-year-old son to survive alone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book- Not so great Narrator

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-26-14

Not Original nor Realistic

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-21-14

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Better voice and better written story.

Would you ever listen to anything by Bruce Hemming and Sara Freeman again?

No.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Good outline but it needs serious work. 18 miles with a BOB for a retired chopper wrench in his 40s in a day and he is not beat? Let that sink in. He wasn't spec ops or even a grunt but a wrench. Amy often talks about how we prepared. BS she got lucky her neighbor who she had the hots for had. How does she have the right to offer Preston's food to Michael and his mother? My girlfriend asks me before she even goes in my frig.

Any additional comments?

For a book with 2 authors they badly dropped this one. Could have been great but just isn't. They need to stop trying to just pump out books to cash in. Too wordy as well. Once with telling us about the .22-250 is enough. Then it is her rifle. When will someone do a prepper story with out MREs? Maybe Joe had MREs left over but anyone that does there home work will know 2 things about MREs. They are heavy and few like them. Pound for Pound freeze dried is the way to go. The pipe connon is right out of Patriots. Stop trying to just cash in.n

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  • Founders

  • A Novel of the Coming Collapse
  • By: James Wesley Rawles
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 635
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 575
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 579

It’s the near future, and thanks to a perfect storm of reckless banking practices, hyperinflation, a stock market gone mad, and the negligence of our elected officials, the entire social, political, and economic infrastructure of America has collapsed. Chaos reigns in the streets, medical treatment is no longer available, and a silent coup has placed a dangerous group of men at the helm of a false government. America’s fate is in the hands of those few individuals who have the survival skills, the faith, and the forethought to return this country to the state its founding fathers intended.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Buy the first two not this one

  • By J Bailey III on 09-28-12

Way too Preachy

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-10-12

What disappointed you about Founders?

The whole you mus be a Christian to be a good person theme. So far not one person is a good guy and not a Christian.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

He isn't bad, he tried to change his voice and keep it the same for each person he plays.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment, I know James is a Christian but damn, people do not open a conversation with are you a Christian. Be realistic and consider people of other faiths as good too.

Any additional comments?

Stop trying to make money off your concept of how to survive and deal with the end of the world. James got lucky with his web site and fame and is now capitalizing on it. If he does write another book, try to tone down the Christian is the only way to be mindset and consider all people, hell have a native that believe in the old ways as a hero or someone or group besides your own.

  • Bug Out

  • The Complete Plan for Escaping a Catastrophic Disaster Before It's Too Late
  • By: Scott B. Williams
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 66

Warning sirens are blaring. You have 15 minutes to evacuate. What will you do? Cataclysmic events strike sleepy towns and major cities every year. Residents face escaping quickly or perishing in rising waters, raging fires, or other life-threatening conditions. By the time the evacuation starts, it's already too late. Being prepared makes the difference between survival and disaster. Guiding you step by step, Bug Out tells you how to be ready at a second's notice.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • NOT FOR THE PREPPER....

  • By Just A on 06-21-11

Just what It says it is

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-15-12

What made the experience of listening to Bug Out the most enjoyable?

I knew the areas in my state he talked about. There was a few cities missed but there are not of much size. Glad someone agrees with me on where to go.

What was most disappointing about Scott B. Williams’s story?

There wasn't one. Could have made some short story of how everything fit in place. He did explain areas and who and how they where used in the past in fair detail.

Which character – as performed by Kirby Heyborne – was your favorite?

n/a

What insight do you think you’ll apply from Bug Out?

The green sticks with a cook pot trick. Been kicking around how to do something like that. Been playing with small homemade camp food camp stoves.

Any additional comments?

Missed a few items I feel are needed, I may have missed it but a cleaning kit for your fire arms, hygiene items, tie small key gear to you or your pack, like your compass, GPS etc. Also bring a hand crank radio with a light for news and light when needed and a folding Army type shovel. Can be used as seat, axe, hammer and shovel for shelter building. Over all this book is not behind the skills of a trained person. If you get yourself trained and follow the advice in this book the odds are in your favor. Some reviews say this can't be done, well this is for an extreme situation and one persons view on how to deal with it. Why is James Rawles the end all? What we may face has never happened so how can anyone be an expert? This is written by a man that claims to have done it and mentions others as well, so if you follow his plan why can't you do this if needed?

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